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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

SydShamino Re:Wtf??! (333 comments)

Funny enough, my suggestion was going to be:

1. A PC with no hard drive, that boots from a CD drive taped shut and buried in the case.
2. A printer.
3. Software that automatically prints emails from you or others on your white list.

There ya go.

2 days ago
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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

SydShamino Re:Downloading music for free? Scandelous! (320 comments)

Per Apple, this album is your own stuff. Let's flash back 20 years...

Assume you've told your maid service to always bring in the mail. One day, a U2 album arrive, unsolicited, in the mail, and the maid puts it on your CD rack.

Whether you paid for it or asked for it is irrelevant; once it shows up in your account/mailbox it was placed where it goes by your instructions.

3 days ago
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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

SydShamino Re:You mean... (236 comments)

But the router you attach to the router you are required to use can do it just fine.

3 days ago
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Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

SydShamino Re:Why is this legal in the U.S.? (149 comments)

At least the tax breaks for Tesla make more sense than the ones for the film industry. States continuously try to attract film and television through massive incentive programs, but they only work if the state has one of the best packages at the time of filming a particular film or season.

Texas had a good package for a while, and things were filmed here. Other states got better, and shooting moved to places like Louisiana. Right now Georgia has a great package and things like The Walking Dead and Archer are shot there, but don't for a moment think The Walking Dead wouldn't move to Louisiana or Arkansas or northern California if the incentives changed.

It's much more difficult for Tesla to move their factory, since they'll have extensive immovable infrastructure costs. The film industry is used to packing up every 6-26 weeks as films or seasons end.

about a week ago
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California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

SydShamino Re:Huh? (275 comments)

Even KlearGear's lawyer can't hide his scumminess from his public statements.

>> "Ironically, if Mr. Palmer [consumer] had simply approach[ed] Kleargear first last fall and requested a stay to finance their new furnace — we would have worked with him," Mathieu [shitty company's lawyer] wrote. "We are human beings. Instead he has chosen a public forum."

Yeah, and be sure to ask your mugger if he can hold off a minute, so you can buy your lunch before he steals your credit card.

about two weeks ago
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California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

SydShamino Re:hmmmm (275 comments)

What you're saying is, every small business has to do business with Yelp. They're the 1000 lb gorilla in this case, and Yelp itself has earned plenty of bad reviews from businesses forced to deal with them.

about two weeks ago
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Deadmau5 Accuses Disney of Pirating His Music

SydShamino Re:This is what the US has become (137 comments)

The first recordings that included Mickey Mouse should be in the public domain at this point, yes, but there's no reason whatsoever why Mickey Mouse as a trademark couldn't and shouldn't remain valid in the fields for which it has been registered, if it remains in use. Trademarks != copyrights.

about two weeks ago
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Dirty Diapers Used To Grow Mushrooms

SydShamino Re:More like 3000-4000 (97 comments)

HE washer takes about 2 hours to clean a sanitary load, but uses just a few cents of water and detergent. Cleaning costs are in the noise.

about two weeks ago
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Dirty Diapers Used To Grow Mushrooms

SydShamino Re:More like 3000-4000 (97 comments)

Modern cloth diapers, while expensive, are very easy to use, and contain waste as well as disposable diapers. They pay for themselves in a reasonably short time and prevent all of this landfill waste.

Our daughter was premature, and we used disposables until she was large enough to move into the "one size" BumGenius diapers we got from our registry. I think we have ~20 of them, which means about $340 spent and a 3ish day supply without laundry. When we're done with them, though, we can resell them - yes, they have resale value.

The alternative we would be using is $0.21 each, so we'll break even after 245 or so days. Larger disposable diapers are more expensive so the savings will grow with time, not shrink, and the cloth ones are very adjustable.

about two weeks ago
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Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment

SydShamino Re:thats to spendy (165 comments)

Why would I be a fool to accept their cash? I wouldn't promise a conversion rate until I had it in hand and was at my bank, and if it's worth nothing all I lost was a few minutes of my time (and they're out all their money).

about two weeks ago
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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Switching ISPs Is Too Hard

SydShamino Re:Seriously? (145 comments)

My domain contact email is my work email, not the one on my domain, because if the hosting service has problems and the domain is down I want to be able to move to a new service (this has happened). I wouldn't trust a third party email to this either - Yahoo closed lots of unused accounts last year and Google or anyone else could do the same. My work email I check daily and has been stable for more than a decade.

And yet - were I to get fired or quit, I could forget to switch, or miss a reminder email before I log in and fix it.

So while yeah, losing access to your own domain is dumb, have a little sympathy. It's not 100% trivial to keep on top of this.

about two weeks ago
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Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment

SydShamino Re:thats to spendy (165 comments)

At that rate, I bet there's a market for Argentinians to mail me cash, which I'll use to establish them a Paypal account. Hell, if Paypal and I both take 10% they still come out on top.

about two weeks ago
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Intellectual Ventures Sheds At Least Part of Its "Patent Troll" Reputation

SydShamino Re:17K buys your soul (75 comments)

If I had an idea for something that was okay, not earth changing, but it was in a field I wasn't an expert in (or was just too boring to bother), I'd happily take $17k from anyone who would hand it to me. I got I think $800 from my employer for my patent, which was obviously what I agreed to when I was hired but puts $17k in perspective.

Something I think conservatives know well, but other leanings don't always grasp, is that it's a good thing to take money from your opponents. That's why I don't buy from companies and people I disagree with, but I would happily sell to them.

about two weeks ago
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The American Workday, By Profession

SydShamino Re:Seems good to me. (146 comments)

I'd do it as mandatory triple pay for anyone working on a secular U.S. holiday: Memorial, Labor, Thanksgiving. The only people who need to be working are police and emergency services, and we can pay enough in taxes to cover this.

I know, some people want to work on holidays, and some businesses want to be open. But it's too easy to coerce an employee who doesn't work into working, so laws that mandate "employees can't be punished for refusing to work" are harder to enforce than those that mandate "triple pay if they work, whether they wanted too or not".

I suspect Walgreens and CVS and a few gas stations would stay open on those days, but most everywhere else would close. That's okay.

about three weeks ago
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Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

SydShamino Re:Feedback loops (273 comments)

We could create permanent cloud cover to block out the sun. That would have the added side effect of stopping the solar-powered robot menace, though perhaps it would drive them to find a more sinister power source.

about three weeks ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

SydShamino Re:The world we live in. (595 comments)

We should all use covered cups and never set them down even once, just in case someone tampers with them? That's the "better" world you want to live in?

about three weeks ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

SydShamino Re:Thirty-three months? (465 comments)

If you're going to divide sentence by number of crimes, then shouldn't you divide his 33 months by [number of physical sales x scaling factor for profiting + number of downloaded copies]? If the 700k downloads number isn't totally made up by the studio (I'm making no judgement here) and ignoring the physical sales entirely, then he was actually sentenced to less than 2 minutes per infringement. That makes murder about 69 thousand times worse than contributing to copyright infringement.

about a month ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

SydShamino Re:Not smart (465 comments)

On the contrary, its eloquent use of car analogies is one of Slashdot's remaining fine points. =p

about a month ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

SydShamino Re:The real crime here (465 comments)

What if the offender's employer refuses? What if the offender's employer doesn't have a bank account? What if the offender's employer's customers refuse? What if it's turtles all the way down?

Physical confinement is a good deterrent for white collar crime - far better than it is as a deterrent to violent crime, in my opinion, because the type of people who use violence tend to have minds better able to shut off emotions and critical thought as needed, whether than need is for 10 minutes while shooting and robbing someone or 15 years behind bars.

about a month ago

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Exploiting Cashier-as-a-Service Providers

SydShamino SydShamino writes  |  more than 3 years ago

SydShamino (547793) writes "Researches at Indiana University and Microsoft found and exploited flaws in the communication between web stores and third-party cashiers (Amazon Payments, PayPal, Google Checkout) to order items for free, or at prices of their choice. "We believe that it is difficult to ensure the security of a CaaS-based checkout system in the presence of a malicious shopper" said the study co-author. The identified flaws have been reported and fixed, but they feel that more, similar flaws are likely given the complicated nature of many web-based transactions."
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New British Government Vows to Strengthen Liberty

SydShamino SydShamino writes  |  more than 4 years ago

SydShamino (547793) writes "Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg of the new British coalition government has announced a litany of proposed reforms designed to strengthen individual liberty and privacy, on several topics often championed among Slashdot readers, including: elimination of unnecessary laws to stop making "criminals out of ordinary people", elimination of the national identity card program and new biometric passports, removal of restrictions on the right to peacefully protest, restrictions on schools taking fingerprints without permission, curtailing of anti-terrorism legislation that allowed for detention of subjects for extended periods without charge, replacement of the "first-past-the-post" election system with an instant-runoff system, new regulation of the use of surveillance cameras. "Britain must not be a country where our children grow up so used to their liberty being infringed that they expect it without question," Clegg said.

The Conservative Party of the governing coalition is said to be less receptive to these reforms; hopefully some of them can be enacted before the coalition fails."

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Blue M&Ms can lessen the damage from spinal in

SydShamino SydShamino writes  |  more than 5 years ago

SydShamino (547793) writes "Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center have found that the dye used in blue M&Ms and other foods can, when given to a patient shortly after a spinal injury, minimizing secondary damage caused by the body when it kills off nearby healthy cells. Given that 85% of spinal injury patients are currently untreated (and some doctors don't trust the treatment given to the other 15%), a relatively safe treatment like this could help preserve some function for thousands of patients. The best part? In lab rats the subjects given the treatment turn blue."
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SydShamino SydShamino writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SydShamino (547793) writes "CNN, the Associated Press and others are reporting that an independent audit of the FBI revealed "serious misuse" of power to acquire private information granted in the Patriot Act. FBI Director Robert Mueller has accepted responsibility for problems and says they are being corrected, but Congress has already called for hearings. There's no word yet on criminal charges against anyone in the FBI who might have broken the law."

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